Jacob Kauffman

Anchor & Reporter

Jacob Kauffman is a reporter for KUAR. During the legislative session, he wrote the online column Capitol Access. He has worked with the Arkansas Legislative Digest and is currently on the board of the MacArthur Military History Museum. 

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Local & Regional News
3:01 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

And They're Off: Racing Season at Oaklawn and Wagering Statewide to Begin

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The live horse racing season is set to begin at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs Friday and there are some significant changes to wagering options.

A new program will allow bets to be placed from anywhere in Arkansas on electronic devices like phones and computers for local, national and international races.

Despite some concerns, Media Relations Manager Jennifer Hoyt said she doesn’t expect betting from home or on the go to impact attendance or revenue for local businesses.

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Local & Regional News
12:15 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Arkansas Highway Department Busy with Winter Road Conditions

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Rainfall and near freezing conditions made Arkansas roadways hazardous as ice remained in parts of the state Thursday. Public Information Officer Randy Ort, with the Highway and Transportation Department, said road crews have been kept busy.

“No extra crews, but they are working extra hours. As long as there’s a threat for ice or precipitation on the roadways we’re going to be out. We haven’t had to bring anybody extra in but they are working around the clock, 12 hours on 12 hours off, throughout the duration,” said Ort.

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Local & Regional News
1:16 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Darr Says He Won't Step Down Over Ethics Violations

Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr

Arkansas Lieutenant Gov. Mark Darr says he won't resign despite calls that he quit or risk being impeached over ethics violations.

Darr said in a statement Tuesday he won't step down over complaints tied to his office and campaign spending. Darr last week agreed with Ethics Commission findings that he violated state ethics and campaign laws 11 times and agreed to $11,000 in fines.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

First TV Ad for Arkansas Governor's Race: Beebe Voices Support for Ross

Mike Ross (D)

The first television ad for the state's 2014 gubernatorial contest began airing Sunday. It features an endorsement by Governor Mike Beebe (D).

“No one is more independent than Mike so please join me in supporting Mike Ross for Governor,” Beebe said in the ad.

Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas suggested Beebe's appearance in the ad is a good thing for Ross.

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Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Freezing Temperatures and Snow Likely for Arkansas

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Another round of wintry weather is on its way toward much of the state with freezing temperatures and rain, sleet, and snow likely Sunday afternoon. Marty Trexler with the National Weather Service said accumulation won't be significant in the central part of the state.

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Local & Regional News
4:31 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Governor Mike Beebe Reflects on Dangers to Public Confidence in Government

Governor Mike Beebe (D)

Reflections on Arkansans' perception of government and electoral politics were a major component of Governor Mike Beebe's radio address this week. Beebe's statements come in what he calls his last year in politics. He cautioned insincere and divisive rhetoric is harming the relationship between citizens and government.

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Local & Regional News
6:05 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Arkansas Democrats Plan Impeachment if Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Doesn't Resign

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving the Arkansas Ethics Commission hearing in December.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Calls for Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr to resign are turning to plans for impeachment. House Minority Leader Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, told Arkansas News Bureau Friday steps would be taken to "at least try" to move for impeachment if Darr is still in office when the fiscal session begins February 10th.

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Local & Regional News
5:47 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Renovating Rail in Southeast Arkansas

Map of Union Pacific Rail Lines
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Officials in southeast Arkansas are hoping the renovation of an industrial railroad line will help generate economic development in 2014. The rail line links Louisiana's Lake Providence port on the Mississippi River to the Union Pacific Railroad in McGehee.

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Local & Regional News
6:04 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

Next Steps for Whirlpool's Contamination in Fort Smith

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The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is laying out steps Whirlpool must take to address contamination on its closed Fort Smith plant site and an adjoining residential neighborhood.

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Local & Regional News
6:27 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Governor Beebe's Radio Address: Child Hunger in Arkansas

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe (D) used his weekly radio address to call attention to child hunger in the state. Data from the US Department of Agriculture shows Arkansas as one of the top ten states facing food insecurity.

Governor Beebe said 24 percent of children in the state face uncertainty having enough to eat on a regular basis but the state has made progress.

“Through our summer feeding program this year, we fed 64 percent more people than we did in 2012. A total of 3.7 million meals were provided at more than 750 sites statewide,” said Beebe.

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